Another poor refereeing decision brought about an added-time equaliser for Coventry City last night and deprived the Latics of an extra two points. It came after Connor Brown had been pushed in the back and the resulting centre was nodded home by Reda Johnson.
Dean Holden was disappointed with the decision and said, “It is a blatant foul, of course it is. He had to get through Browny to get to the ball and sent him flying. As we keep saying, referees and linesmen sometimes do get things wrong. Unfortunately for us, it’s another that has gone against us in the space of four days and it is tough to take. But they are honest and don’t make decisions like that on purpose. They just sometimes get things wrong.”
“They (Coventry) move the ball so well, making the pitch really big when they have possession. It is difficult to contain them and we changed it a couple of times to try to stem the flow. Equally, I don't think they affected Joel Coleman too many times in the second half for all the play that they had. We knew they would go longer as the game wore on, which they did. And we defended absolutely everything — apart from the one at the end. It was probably the first header in the box we lost all night. Coleman is growing in presence. Of course he needs to improve in certain areas, but he has got the mentality to cope with the sort of pressure he came under here.”